Over three months after being ousted as the President of Niger Republic, Mohamed Bazoum’s lawyers asked a West African regional court on Monday to order that he be reinstated.
Soldiers took over the country on July 26 and detained Bazoum, accusing him of not doing enough to stem the growing insecurity in the country.
His lawyers brought his case before the Community Court of Justice, which was established to make decisions on matters about the ECOWAS regional bloc. However, member states are not required to abide by its rulings, and there is no legal framework in place to make them binding.
Bazoum’s lawyers argued that his detention and overthrow violated his rights. Seydou Diagne, a member of the legal team, while speaking via video link from Dakar, the capital of Senegal, requested that the court in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, declare that “the brutal end of Bazoum’s government was a violation of his political rights.” Diagne stated that Bazoum ought to be released unconditionally and given back his position as president.
Additionally, according to the attorneys, his wife and son’s human rights were violated by his detention. The junta accused the former president of trying to flee with the assistance of accomplices, and as a result, Bazoum’s lawyers claimed they had not been able to communicate with him since October 20.
Aissatou Zada, an attorney for the Niger junta, argued that Bazoum, his wife, and their son had not been arbitrarily detained or placed under sequestration. He said the president was being held at home for his security, but otherwise, they were free to come and go as they pleased.
The Niger coup is one of eight military coups in West and Central Africa over the past three years.
ECOWAS folds, lifts economic, travel sanctions on junta-led Niger, others
Economic sanctions on Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso were lifted with immediate effect by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Saturday.
This came after the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government held an unprecedented meeting at the State House in Abuja, where they deliberated for hours on the political, peace, and security situation in the region.
Mali and its bordering junta-run nations, Niger and Burkina Faso, abruptly announced last month that they were abandoning ECOWAS, the largest political and economic union in West Africa, reversing decades of regional integration.
The ECOWAS Commission President, Dr. Omar Touray, announced the Authority’s resolutions and stated that it has halted the closing of the air and land border with Niger, creating a no-fly zone for any commercial aircraft.
Additionally, it has halted the unfreezing of all of Niger’s assets at EBID and the freezing of any financial transactions involving the central bank of the ECOWAS states and Niger.
Additionally, it removed the restriction on military junta members’ and their families’ travel. “Based on humanitarian considerations due to lent and the approaching month of Ramadan,” according to Touray, the decision was made.
Sanctions against Mali citizens being elected to ECOWAS positions were also lifted by the authority. Along with the lifting of sanctions against Guinea, all four nations were extended an invitation to future ECOWAS technical consultative meetings.
Additionally, ECOWAS requested that the member states that were withdrawing reevaluate their choice in light of the advantages their citizens had received.
Senegalese opposition condemns President Sall’s ‘slow’ election date announcement
The opposition presidential contenders in Senegal have claimed that the government is taking too long to announce a new date for the poll, following a court ruling that declared a 10-month postponement to be illegal.
This occurs just a few days after President Macky Sall pledged to comply with the Constitutional Council’s position that the election be held as soon as feasible following the parliament’s resolution to reschedule the election—which was initially set for February 25—was overruled by the court.
The situation in one of the more stable democracies in coup-hit West Africa led to violent public protests and threats of authoritarian overreach, and Sall came under intense pressure both domestically and internationally to accept the council’s decision.
However, no new date has been announced, which has angered opposition candidates who want the election to happen before Sall’s term expires on April 2.
In a joint statement released late on Tuesday, sixteen out of the nineteen presidential candidates bemoaned the “inexplicable slowness” with which the council’s decision was implemented.
It was their contention that Sall’s tardy return to electoral duty demonstrated his reluctance to initiate a process that would result in a transfer of power. A request for response from the presidency was not answered.
During a news conference on Tuesday, Justice Minister Aïssata Tall Sall said that there was room for discussion over the expiration of Sall’s mandate on April 2.
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